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While the name would suggest that the focus of general surgery is to perform operations, often this is not the case. Many patients are referred to surgeons with conditions that do not need surgical procedures, but merely require counselling or medical treatment.
Other medical members of the team include the registrar(s). These are fully qualified doctors who are now training to become specialists. The house surgeons are doctors who have usually qualified more recently, in the last 1-2 years.